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July 2016 Newsletter


Understanding the Energy-Health-Natural Disasters nexus in the urban context in Africa

ICSU, together with NASAC and the ISSC, will support 10 research projects across Africa. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. This is the first call in a five-year, 5 million Euro project that seeks to increase the production of high quality, integrated (inter- and transdisciplinary), solutions-oriented research on global sustainability by early career scientists in Africa.

Deadline: August 15, 2016

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Call for Nominations - Early Career Scientists at Habitat III
4 early career scientists nominated by ICSU National Scientific Members and International Scientific Unions will be selected by ICSU to participate at the Habitat III conference in Quito.

ICSU’s role is to ensure this representation – hence we shall be sending a delegation to Quito, and we want early career scientists (ECS) to be part of that delegation. Early career scientists can expect to take part in side events, networking events, dialogues with stakeholders, attending the negotiations, and to engage with the broader urbanization community. Scientists from Least Developed Countries and women are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: August 1, 2016

In October 2016, 40,000+ people will meet in Quito, Ecuador for the largest cities summit in United Nations history – Habitat III. Three institutions (ICSUThe Future Earth Media LabFH-Potsdam) are launching an open call for visualizations to find new ways of exploring cities and sustainable futures. Submissions including data visualization, film, virtual/augmented reality, animation and infographics will be featured on our web platform and the best will be showcased during Habitat III.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we share with you news that our colleague, Dr. Alexander Aylett, passed away last Saturday, July 23rd after a long battle with cancer.

Remembering Dr. Alexander Aylett
1978 - 2016
Non-communicable diseases in urban India: Challenges for public health

Mareike Kroll & Frauke Kraas
Cities, data, and greenhouse gas emissions

Stephanie Pincetl & Erik Porse
Towards transformative and climate-compatible urban development pathways

Chantal Pacteau
Cultures of nature: What does it mean to be native in the city?

Erle C. Ellis
Other Recent Publications
Ayanlade, A. (2016). Seasonality in the daytime and night-time intensity of land surface temperature in a tropical city area.  Science of the Total Environment, 557-558, pp. 415-424. (link)

Deng, X.Z., Li, Z.H., & Gibson, J. (2016). A review on trade-off analysis of ecosystem services for sustainable land-use management. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 26(7), pp. 953-968. (link)

Labbe, J., et al. (2016). Vulnerability to the health effects of climate variability in rural southwestern Uganda. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 21(6), pp. 931-953. (link)

Sperling, J., Romero-Lankao, P., & Beig, G. (2016). Exploring citizen infrastructure and environmentla priorities in Mumbai, India.  Environmental Science & Policy, 60, pp. 19-27.  (link)

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Calls for Papers, Proposals and Abstracts 

Call for Papers: Urbanisation - Deadlines: August 15, 2016 (for Issue 1:2, to be published December 2016) & November 1, 2016 (for Issue 2:1, to be published May 2017)

Call for Papers: The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2016 - "New Pressures on Cities and Regions" - Deadline: August 24, 2016

Call for Papers: Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice - Deadline: September 2, 2016

Call for Abstracts: Special Issue of Environmental Research Letters: "Focus on Cross-scale Feedbacks in Sustainable Land Management" - Deadline: November 30, 2016
Future Earth Updates
Upcoming Events

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
August 7 – 12, 2016

33rd International Geographical Congress
Beijing, China
August 21 – 25, 2016

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016
Shanghai, China
September 5 – 9, 2016

International Sustainability Transitions Conference
Wuppertal, Germany
September 7 – 9, 2016

Urban Transitions 2016 will highlight the latest research and practice towards developing an urban future that is more economically competitive, sustainable and resilient, equitable and inclusive, and digitally supported.

Register Now!

Registration Open for 2016 Conference on Earth System Governance


Dates: December 7-9, 2016
Location: University of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences on the Upper Kabete Campus
Conference Website

Registration is now open for the 2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance.  Early bird registration ends on July 31!

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Early Career Researcher Event

Developing a career in earth system governance – confronting challenges and charting new directions

Venue: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya
Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Costs: free

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Employment Opportunities
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